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Three Washington County lawmakers to run joint campaign for 2014 race

Del. Andrew A. Serafini, state Sen. Christopher B. Shank, and Del. Neil C. Parrott said cooperation in Annapolis led them to decision to run together

September 09, 2013|BY KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com
  • State Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, and Del. Neil C. Parrott, R-Washington,, left to right at rear, react to a comment from Del. LeRoy E. Myers, R-Washington/Allegany, front, Monday afternoon in Hagerstown during the trio's announcement that they had filed for re-election and would run a joint campaign for the 2014 elections.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

Three Republican lawmakers who represent Washington County announced Monday in Hagerstown that they had filed for re-election and would run a joint campaign for the 2014 elections.

Del. Andrew A. Serafini, R-Washington, state Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, and Del. Neil C. Parrott, R-Washington, announced their plans at an afternoon news conference attended by several Washington County commissioners and Del. LeRoy E. Myers, R-Washington/Allegany, who announced in May that he will not be running for re-election.

“Earlier today, we made the trip to Annapolis and have each filed for re-election for our individual offices,” Shank said.

“We have worked well together, we share the same vision and values, and we are all incumbents,” Shank said of their reasons for running together.

Changes in the electoral map of Washington County due to redistricting was another reason for the slate, Shank said.

As part of the changes due to redistricting, Subdistrict 2A in Washington County will be expanding to include territory that is now in Subdistrict 2B, which is south of Hagerstown.

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The expanded Subdistrict 2A will elect two delegates, with the two top candidates in the elections winning the seats to the state House of Delegates.

“For the first time since District 2 was created, there is now a two-member district. People are used to voting for one delegate. One of the reasons for forming the team is the sense that we need to provide some education out there that it is not just one delegate (they will be voting for),” Shank said.

For example, residents in Boonsboro or Smithsburg will be voting to elect two delegates, Shank said.

Parrott and Serafini are running for re-election in the expanded Subdistrict 2A.

Serafini, who is the chairman of the Washington County legislative delegation, said that the redistricting was one of the reasons for “running together.”

“It wasn’t anything we had considered in the past. There were two separate districts ... plus you can save money on mailings and posters,” Serafini said.

All three candidates would also run their separate campaigns, Shank said.

Over the summer, Serafini said he was undecided about whether he would run for re-election.

But he was doing so because friends and supporters asked him to run again, he said.

“It was also a lot of prayer,” he said.

Parrott said the three of them had been working together in Annapolis.

“This is just an extension of that,” Parrott said. “Really, we are running each of our individual campaigns, but we are going to take some of our efforts and put it together. We have experience, and we’ve worked together, and I think it will greatly benefit Washington County.”

Parrott said the three of them had worked on policy issues together and would now be working on the re-election campaign.

“I believe we have the best team we can have right here,” Parrott said.

Shank has been a senator since 2011, and previously represented Washington County in the House of Delegates beginning in 1999. Serafini has been a member of the House since 2008, while Parrott started as a delegate in 2011.

Also in attendance Monday at the announcement were the two Republican candidates — Ray Givens and Michael McKay — who are vying to win Subdistrict 1C, the seat being vacated by Myers, which includes areas of Washington and Allegany counties.

McKay is the president of the Allegany County Board of Commissioners, while Givens is the legislative liaison for the Western Maryland Sportsmen’s Coalition.

Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington, has not filed to run for re-election yet but has said that he plans to do so.

Donoghue will be running for re-election in Subdistrict 2B, which includes Hagerstown.

Because of the redistricting, the county delegation will lose a senator and a delegate who currently represent Frederick County and the southern tip of Washington County, leaving the county delegation with four delegates and two senators.

Those areas in southern Washington County will now be part of District 2, represented by Shank, and Subdistrict 2A.

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